Top 9 Clothing Items to Gear Up for Winter- Men and Women

It’s that time of year again: the brutal transition between fall and winter. It’s that time we can never fully be prepared for nor are ready for. Be that as it may, we all need to start gearing up for yet another winter ahead. Being from the midwest United States, I have already experienced some snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures, making me sure that this article was not released too early. Anyway, let’s kick things off and begin the list.

Roll Neck/Turtleneck Sweater: One of the fashion trends we saw for this fall and winter was to wear sweaters that cover up the neck. We suggest wearing some roll necks or turtlenecks to make you look fashionable and keep you warm. There have been a countless number of styles to choose from, so all you have to do is a little bit of shopping to find the one that’s right for you.

Knit Infinity Scarf: Yes, this does apply to guys too. Over the past few seasons, statement scarves have been “in”. This means wearing a big and bold scarf to act as the centerpiece of your outfit. Infinity scarves are just the way to do it. They are scarves that have their two ends connected, making them look never-ending (that’s where the infinity comes from if you didn’t catch it). They normally come in a heavier material that fits snug around your neck, making the thickness and the tightness of infinity scarves perfect for the cold weather.

Overcoat: We’ve all seen it: that person walking down the streets wearing a beautiful suit only to be ruined by their bright red ski jacket. Keep the look clean with a complimentary overcoat. Not only will you protect your suit (or other fine garments) from the harsh winter, but you will also add a whole new level of professionalism to the outfit. For women, we want to suggest the trench coat. It is a timeless clothing item that will forever look good.

Dark Jeans: Send the light-wash jeans south for the winter, because the foundation of a good casual outfit in this season is the dark jeans. Most people already have a pair of these in the closet, so no purchasing will be necessary. Also, look into sporting some other dark colors like black, gray, or tan. It will switch up your style from the typical blue and allow for some different color combinations.

Water-Proof Hiking/Combat Boots: Speaking of dark jeans, save their bottoms by investing in a water-proof pair of boots. Your feet will be kept warm and you won’t be slipping on every bit of ice on the ground. Both hiking and combat boots are great stylish choices, but make sure that they are water-proof. The last thing you want is water and snow getting to your feet and bringing winter to the inside of the shoe.

Knit Hat: Your ears are one of the most miserable places on your body to be freezing cold. Ear-muffs are okay but most of them look goofy and can’t provide for that all-around warmth like the beanie can. There are two good options for winter hats: the thick knit hat for a more classic and professional look, or the extra-long beanie for a hip and trendy style. Both will get the job done and are an easy investment for the season.

Thick Wool Socks: Here at Pared, we are all about the socks. In early fall, we were preaching for people to wear bold socks. And now that it’s winter, we are still preaching for people to wear bold socks. Nothing adds emphasis and a burst of style to an outfit more than a pair of fun-patterned socks. The only difference between fall and winter is it would be more beneficial to make them a lot thicker this season. Thick wool socks can make all the difference in keeping you warm.

Quilted Jacket: If there was one fashion trend to get into this season it would be the quilted jacket. It’s the perfect casual outerwear that could be worn any time you are not wearing your overcoat. Navy or black would be good colors to look for, but feel free to look at other colors as well.

Patterned Pants: Winter is the perfect season to be wearing different patterns and prints on your pants. The ladies have been wearing printed leggings for quite a bit of time now, so if you haven’t purchased a few pairs, now is the time to do so. Abstract prints would probably be the best for this season. Men, corduroys should be in all of your closets. It’s a warmer pair of pants that adds a little something extra. To stay hip and trendy, a soft camouflage print would do you some justice this season. We’re predicting the style won’t be out soon, so you would get a good amount of use out of them.

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Top 9 Timeless Clothing Items – Men and Women

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first installment of a Top 9’s countdown! Each month, we will bring you the Top 9 of something in the fashion industry. The Top 9’s for the Month of October: Clothing pieces that will never go out of style. Since we here at Pared are equal-opportunity bloggers, we decided to publish a list for Guys AND a list for Girls. Ladies first!

LADIES 

Little Black Dress

Just reading that headline immediately brought guys and girls to the same image: A black dress that falls above the knee that can be dressed up or down depending on the event. It looks great on its own but also works well with accessories making it a timeless piece.

Blue Blazer

Some of you might not be tracking with us when we throw Blazers into the discussion, but these will never go out of style. Job interview? Throw on the Blue Blazer over a button up and dress skirt. Night out? Throw on the Blue Blazer and some jeans. While it does provide a little bit more formal of a look, the Blue Blazer can be used for virtually any occassion.

Classic Button Up

Need we say more? Button up shirts are the epitome of versatility, something you can probably tell is a common theme among timeless clothing.

Casual Dress/Sun Dress

While these might be more suited for warm summertime weather, it will be a cold day in hell before these go out of style. For best results, try having a few different go-to dresses in different colors and patterns to mix up the wardrobe. P.S. – The thin belt around a casual dress is a great look 100 percent of the time.

Flats

Comfortable yet stylish, sophisticated yet affordable, flats are everything a lady could want in a shoe. They go great with just about anything and can be worn at any occasion. Tall girls: flats are clutch when it comes to dressing up without making you appear too tall, which brings us to our next piece of clothing…heels.

High-Heels

Stilettos, pumps, wedges, booties, they all have one thing in common: it’s a high-heeled shoe. The options are endless, which allows for some of these to be more trendy than classic. However, the concept of high-heels has never faded as a premier choice for women’s fashion.

Dark Jeans

Now don’t get us wrong, light jeans have their place in fashion too, but dark jeans fall into the “never go out of style” category because they are casually classy and always will be.

Trench Coat

Keeping you warm and stylish since the mid 1800’s, this piece is coming up on it’s 160th birthday and isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Watch

A watch is one of those little things that goes a long way. Now I know what you’re thinking: “Why would I spend money or two or three watches when I have a phone that tells me the time?” That’s a fair question, but if you’re in a meeting or on a date that’s going south and you want to know the time without being rude, it’s a lot easier to glance at your wrist than to pull your phone out of your bag.

Now for the Fellas!

GENTLEMEN

Navy Suit/Blazer

Ladies look great in blue blazers, but this is a must-have for guys as well. A well-fitted navy suit or blazer can be worn to occasions as fancy as a wedding or as relaxed as a night out to the bars. Key word: well-fitted. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of a good tailor!

Plain Crew Neck T-Shirt

Now this one is almost strictly for a more relaxed look, but can be worn under certain articles of clothing (see navy blazer) to provide a sophisticated yet chill look. If you can have a solid t-shirt in each color, you open your options up when it comes to “layering.”

Classic Button-Up

Much like the ladies, this piece can work well in any situation. Very formal: wear it under a blazer or suit with a nice tie. Formal: Experiment with how many buttons to leave undone (see “How to Look Good in Clothes that you Already Have“) or with a tie. Casual: Wear it alone with the sleeves rolled. You have options.

Dark Jeans

Sorry guys, but light jeans should only really be worn on three occasions: if it’s summertime and you want a brighter outfit, if you can time travel back to the 90’s, or if you just had a child and are really going for the dad look. Other than that, stick with the dark jeans.

Khakis

Now understand khakis are like a blank canvas. The color can go with almost anything (except another khaki color and some greys) and there are multiple styles. Khakis can be as dressy as slacks or as relaxed as jeans with a khaki coloring. Just make sure to wear the right style with the right occassions.

Black/Brown Dress Shoes

My buddy John was getting ready for an interview the other day and had a great outfit: Light blue button up, neatly-pressed khakis, and a brown belt (which is our next item on the list). He then proceeded to throw on worn-down Sperry’s and almost went to the interview looking like that. I asked, “Why aren’t you wearing dress shoes and dress socks?” To which he replied, “I’ll never need those in my industry (he’s a chemist).” WRONG. Everyone needs one pair of brown leather and one pair of black leather dress shoes. End of discussion.

Leather Belt

Much like the shoes, leather belts are both timeless and essential. When wearing jeans, one can get away with the no-belt look. However, if you are wearing leather shoes, match those shoes with the same or a similar color leather belt. It goes a long way and will never go out of style.

Watch

See the women’s watch paragraph but replace “bag” with “pocket.” NEXT!

Ray Ban Wayfarer’s

Last but not least is a timeless accessory. They’ve been around since the Kennedy administration and if they are good enough for the Commander-in-Chief, they’re good enough for you.

This Fall/Winter Fashion Trends

What’s up, everyone!

How many of you have gone shopping and just been overwhelmed by the different clothing items you see? You look around in the store and you’re like, “shoot… what’s in this season? What do I buy?” Well we’re here to help you out. We’re going to tell you everything that’s trending this year… along with our opinion on whether these trends will stay or not. Some are awesome and others are a little unexpected. But here’s the fashion lowdown for this fall and winter.

The Sixties are Back

No, this doesn’t mean grow an afro and buy some bell bottoms (although, that would be incredible). Rather, men need to tailor their pants to a slim fit that are cropped around the ankle, and women—look for some mini-dresses with those bold 60’s patterns.

Will it stay?    We can only hope so.

Lots and Lots of Green

Here comes Kermit the Frog’s favorite fashion trend this season. We’re not telling you to dress in green from head to toe, but think about investing in some olive pants or a nice jacket.

Will it stay?    Yup! We’re thinking this will be around for a few seasons.

Arts and Crafts

Here’s a ladies-only trend. Coats and dresses are taking on some surprising new materials. We’re looking at dresses that look like something you would get from an art show. In addition, a surprising material is also taking the stage. Velvet.

Will it stay? Ehh… Let me know if someone actually buys one of these.

Ponchos and Blankets

The designers are predicting a brutally cold winter because they’re attempting to fully equip girls with heavy ponchos and oversized carrying blankets for the fellas. Wondering what a carrying blanket is? Literally a blanket that you carry around on your shoulder.

Will it stay?    Stylish ponchos for girls, YES. These carrying mankets? Not a chance.

Oversized Coats

While in our last blog we said to stay away from gigantic clothes, this trend is all about the XL length, not the XL width. Many of these are raincoats or a coat that would fit nicely over a suit. This trend goes for girls, as well.

Will it stay?    Until spring, at best.

Black on Black… With some White

The trend is exactly how it sounds. We’re looking at all black with a white trim somewhere in the outfit. And ladies, for you we have seen that trim of white get substituted with a trim of neon.

Will it stay?    Every time the designers try to come out with single-color look, it always crashes and burns. Last season, they told us all gray was in, and did we ever see much of it? Not really. So no, it’s not staying.

Orange

That’s right, orange. We’re not just talking about an orange tie or some orange heels. These fashion gurus are putting out blazers and dresses in this loud and flashy color.

Will it stay?    We’re saying yes on this one. We’re already seeing stores supporting this new trend by stocking their shelves with every shade imaginable.

Cover Up that Neck

As a type of body that encourages sweaters, we slim and tall folk should accept this trend with opened arms. Time to break out those turtlenecks and rollnecks because here’s a trend that we think will stay.

Will it stay?    We’re predicting this one will be around for a few seasons.

Slim-Cut Quilted Jackets

Well that’s good news. Slim fits to make us look good and a warm quilted jacket to fight against the cold weather.

 Will it stay?    Just like the baseball jackets we’ve seen in previous seasons, we think this one will be here to stay.

 Unexpected Hats

For guys, it’s the fedora. It’ll take a bold personality to pull it off, but it’s doable. For the women, it’s a wide-brimmed hat that gives them a Southwestern look.

Will it stay?    We’ll believe it when we see it.

Trends Here to Stay

Cropped/rolled pants, camouflage, and baseball jackets. So if you haven’t invested yet, it’s time to do so.

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Out of all the trends we have seen for this fall, these are the ones that are most likely to stay. If you’re feeling bold, go out and get one of those velvet dresses, or something that you never thought you could pull off. The key to dressing trendy is to dress with confidence. Find what you like and what you think you look good in and wear it proud.

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